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A mortuary make-up beautician based in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, who promotes her free services on social media has helped countless poorer families prepare their relatives for burial.

From Lady Gaga to Nicki Minaj to Mariah Carey, the roster of famous names that have worn the fantastical creations of Indonesian accessories designer Rinaldy Yunardi is endless.

The Liong Bookstore in the Indonesian city of Semarang was once a busy hub for readers and published popular comics, but its Chinese-Indonesian owners sold up and fled to Brazil in the 1950s in fear of having it taken away from them.

On the island of Sumba in Indonesia, an ancient custom among noble families has been twisted to allow the widespread abduction of women for marriage. It is known as kawin tangkap, meaning catch-a-bride.

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Despite doctors’ warning, jamu, traditional Indonesian herbal drinks, are becoming increasingly popular after a surge of coronavirus cases in Indonesia, with many convinced they can avoid Covid-19 if they regularly drink the concoctions.